No Cook Lemon Crunch

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No Cook Lemon Crunch Dessert Recipe is a no-bake dessert sensation that’s crunchy, smooth, sweet, and salty.

🔴 This is a super recipe to make with your kids! They love crushing the pretzels. Additionally, there’s no using a sharp knife and no hot stove to deal with!

Before we get to the recipe a little recap…..

No Cook Lemon Crunch Dessert Recipe is a no bake dessert sensation that's crunchy, smooth, sweet, and salty.

Lemon Crunch

It’s all over – Sleeping late. Playing DS all day. Watching tv all day. Staying in pj’s all day….or staying in undies all day. Ok, NOT ME!! The boys!

School starts Tuesday. Now the days will be an endless sea of homework, tests, projects, Scouts, & swim for them. Packing lunches and snacks, carpool (oh, dear, CARPOOL!!!!), PTO, fundraising (oh, dear, FUNDRAISING!!), and Junior Auxiliary for me.

Teachers started last week and PTO had a luncheon for them. I made this dessert and not a morsel was left. It’s very simple to make and I didn’t have to turn on the oven!


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  • 1 cup pretzels crushed
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 3 cups vanilla wafers crushed
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 16 oz tub Cool Whip divided
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
No Cook Lemon Crunch Dessert Recipe is a no bake dessert sensation that's crunchy, smooth, sweet, and salty.

No Bake Lemon Crunch

I love that this dessert recipe is no-bake. It’s the perfect hot-weather dessert and great for lemon lovers. You know no everyone loves chocolate so this is always a good alternative for potlucks and entertaining. Plus, it’s really easy to make which makes it an extra good recipe.

This dessert has four layers, the crunchy bottom with is pretzels and vanilla wafers. A creamy layer of sweetened cream cheese is next. Then it’s topped with a tart lemon filling that has the flavor and consistency of an icebox lemon pie. It’s tart and sweet and I have to stop myself from eating it right out of the bowl. A simple spread of whipped cream or cool whip tops this easy dessert.

It’s very much like a Lemon Icebox Pie but better!

Do you like lemon desserts? What’s your favorite lemon dessert?

No Cook Lemon Crunch Dessert Recipe is a no bake dessert sensation that's crunchy, smooth, sweet, and salty.


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No Cook Lemon Crunch Dessert Recipe is a no bake dessert sensation that's crunchy, smooth, sweet, and salty.

Lemon Crunch

No Cook Lemon Crunch Dessert Recipe is a no bake dessert sensation that’s crunchy, smooth, sweet, and salty.
Author: Paula
5 from 12 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1 cup pretzels crushed
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 3 cups vanilla wafers crushed
  • 8 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 16 oz tub Cool Whip divided
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice


  • Combine pretzels, margarine, and vanilla wafers. Press into a 9×13 inch casserole dish.
  • Combine cream cheese and sugar. Beat until smooth. Fold in 8 oz Cool Whip. Spread over crust.
  • Combine milk and lemon juice and spread over second layer.
  • Top with remaining 8 oz Cool Whip. Store in refrigerator.
  • Garnish with crushed pretzels or crushed vanilla wafers if desired.


Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 319mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 666IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this yesterday for dessert.
    Oh-My-Goodness!!! So Good!!!
    I may use half pretzels and half vanilla wafers next time to increase that salty crunch on the bottom. But, honestly, it doesn’t need a thing, “except eating!,” as my huband says! Lol
    Thank you for a delicious recipe and for dedicating your time to share it with others!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night. My super picky husband LOVES it. The crust is a definite keeper. Smells and tastes similar to salted caramel. My only wish is that it was a little more tart but I will be making this again!

  3. Always need a fast and easy recipe. Have you published a cook book? If so where can I purchase?

  4. Silly question here. Do you measure the pretzels and vanilla wafers before, or after they are crushed?

  5. Pinned it! Can't wait to try. Love that it's no bake. The weather here in California has been over 100 degrees this week!

  6. This looks delish. I'm pinning and can't wait to try it out. Thanks for linking up to Titus 2 Tuesday. Hope to see you again this week!


  7. My daughter doesn't start school until end of August.

    LOVE the lemon crunch!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  8. Yum! Always looking for “no bake” desserts during the summer! Thanks for linking up at Pin It Thursday!

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